From:                              Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford

Sent:                               Thursday, March 03, 2016 2:51 PM

To:                                   'Jewish Federation NB'

Subject:                          The Bulletin -- A Community Update for March 3, 2016

The Bulletin - A Community Update for March 3, 2016


Itfs That Time

Last year (New England being New England) we had an 11-inch snowstorm on March 5. While it is now March once again, the 2016 version seems to be kinder and gentler. Weather aside, March is a time when we take a look at the Federationfs annual campaign and prepare for another mailing to those who have yet to pledge or donate. If you havenft already, please do so now—even before the next envelope arrives at your mailbox. 

Go online to or email us in reply to this Bulletin. Thank you for your support.

Oscar Night – the Jewish Connection

Back in my journalism days (those are never really over) there was a joke about what part of a story we (Jews) focus on and it was told as Boeing 747 crashes, three Jews assumed among the casualties.h It is with that view that I look at how the Academy Awards have been reported.

Son of Saul, the Hungarian Holocaust drama that won the Grand Prix, the Golden Globe and now the Oscar for Best Foreign Film is without a doubt a fabulous film. (No, I have not yet seen it.) It tells a story that has to be told again and again, though, and perhaps winning so many awards helps that cause.

In other news, Spotlight (back to my affinity for journalism, this time Boston Globe-style) won Best Picture.

Amy a movie I did see and loved (about the talented and tragic Amy Winehouse who was Jewish) won Best Documentary.

On the Oscar stage, Best Screenplay winner Adam McKay said, gI love you,h to his wife in Hebrew (he is married to Israeli actress Mili Avital).

And Sarah Silverman was, well, Sarah Silverman.

Trump Fails and the ADL Responds

After Donald Trump failed to reject the endorsement of white supremacist David Duke, the ADL sent a list of racists to all candidates with names of those they should reject. They include:

·         David Duke, former Klan leader anti-Semite, active in the white supremacist movement for more than 40 years

·         Andrew Anglin, who runs the neo-Nazi website, the Daily Stormer

·         Lee Rogers, who runs the neo-Nazi website Infostormer

·         William Johnson, the head of the white supremacist American Freedom Party

·         Jared Taylor, who runs the white supremacist site American Renaissance

·         Richard Spencer, the head of National Policy Institute, a small white supremacist think tank

·         Kevin MacDonald, a notorious anti-Semite, leader in the American Freedom Party, and retired professor who said that electing Donald Trump g . . . may be the last chance for Whites to elect a president who represents their interests.h

·         Matthew Heimbach, a racist and anti-Semite who founded the white supremacist Traditionalist Youth Network

·         Rachel Pendergraft, a spokesperson for the Knights Party, a Klan group based in Arkansas

·         Don Black, who runs Stormfront, the largest white supremacist Internet forum

·         Louis Farrakhan, the racist and anti-Semitic leader of the Nation of Islam

And while on the Trump, the Forward examines the gunclear/unknownh place of Trumps Jewish son in law Jared Kushner in the clan.

Scholarship Applications Now Available

Membersf children and grandchildren are encouraged to apply for scholarships from the Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford and the New Bedford section of the National Council of Jewish Women. If interested, please write to or call 508-997-7471. 



Calendar: Save the Date


Join us for a daytrip to the Tenement Museum in Manhattanfs Lower East Side and a luncheon at Katzfs Delicatessen.

·         Sunday, April 10

Departing from the TI parking lot at 8:00 AM

Cost: $25/adult; $15/child for lunch. Federation will pick up the transportation cost.

Register NOW (through March 18th): Email or call (508) 997-7471.

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­  Henry Horenstein Animalia


Henry, board member Ruth Glicksmanfs brother, is a professor of photography at Rhode Island School of Design. He has exhibited around the world and published more than 30 books.

University Art Gallery, UMass Dartmouth, Star Store Campus, 715 Purchase Street, New Bedford

·         February 18 – March 20, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM, gallery show (free and open to the public)

·         Thursday, March 3, 6:00 PM, reception, talk and book signing w/ artist

  Holocaust Survivor: Louise Lawrence-Israels, sponsored by the BCC Holocaust Center


Louise Israels and her family went into hiding in 1942 on the top floor of an apartment in Amsterdam where they remained until Canadian forces liberated Amsterdam in 1945. Today, Louise lives in the United States, where she volunteers in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

Bristol Community College, 777 Elsbree Street, Fall River (Jackson Arts Center)

·         Thursday, March 3, 4:00 PM

  Etty, A One-Woman Theatrical Play by Susan Stein, sponsored by the BCC Holocaust Center

Based on the diaries and letters of Etty Hillesum, the play is based in 1941 when Etty, a young Jewish Dutch woman, is living in German-occupied Amsterdam.

Bristol Community College, 777 Elsbree Street, Fall River (Jackson Arts Center)

·         Wednesday, March 30, 2:00 PM

  Reverend Dr. Robert Lawrence Civic Engagement Summit

A discussion on race, religion and service, building bridges that empower and strengthen our communities.

UMass Dartmouth, Woodland Commons

·         Friday, April 15, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

  David in Art, with speaker Dr. Memory Holloway, art history department

UMass Dartmouth, Liberal Arts, Room 110

·         Thursday, April 28, 2:00 PM

  Annual Yom HaShoah Observance, dedicated to the memory of Mary Schwartz

Speaker Dr. John Saunders, born Ignacy Silberherz in Poland in 1925, is a Holocaust survivor who will speak about his struggle to survive genocide and persecution. Dr. Saunders escaped from Auschwitz, was recaptured, survived Birkenau and Mauthausen concentration camps and a face-to-face encounter with Auschwitzfs gAngel of Death,h Dr. Joseph Mengele.  He assumed the identity of a Polish Catholic during the war after a Gestapo officer mistakenly identified him this way.  This and many other gmiraclesh helped him survive the horrors of the Holocaust.



Sunday, May 1

·         6:30 PM Holocaust Memorial, Buttonwood Park; 7:00 PM Tifereth Israel Congregation

  Lawyers Without Rights

The Lawyers Without Rights exhibit begins to provide a portrait of the fate of Jewish lawyers in Germany — stories that speak to how the Nazis purged Jewish lawyers as one of the early steps to attack the rule of law in their country.

UMass Dartmouth, Claire T. Carney Library Living Room 

·         Monday – Monday, May 2 – 9, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM daily

Shabbat Shalom,


The Bulletin is a weekly email from Amir Cohen, Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford.  I welcome your feedback at